I have just received a deeeelightful e-mail of rejection for a really good job:
"Dear Ms. X:
It was great to have a chance to review your resume. You were clearly one of the most outstanding candidates to apply. You have a tremendously impressive background in Eurasian issues. However, your educational credentials aren't the right match for us, and we have chosen to interview other candidates."
Outstanding and impressive. But, apparently, not outstanding and impressive enough.
15 years of field experience. Fluent Russian. Attended the London School of Economics. But I don't have that goddamned M.A. that is so important here in DC. Makes one want to buy one from an Internet diploma mill...
"Ooooh! 15 years experience and an M.A. from the Shady Hill Puppy Farm School of Business! You're hired!"
I guess I should have gotten one, a credit at a time, over the past few years. My bad.
Me. June 23, 2005.
Is Borders hiring? I can stock books. I know how to alphabetize. I can learn to make a latte.